Category Archives: Responsibility and Ethics

James Fallows and Me on ‘Tribal’

November 9, 2017 Back on October 31, James Fallows of The Atlantic published a piece titled The Broken Check and Balance.  The header for it said “It’s up to Congress to police the executive—but so far, its Republican leaders are … Continue reading

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Remembering and Respecting

September 29, 2017 We are awash these days in controversies about how we show our respect for this nation and its history, and how we show our disagreements with what’s happening or what has happened in the past. Monuments to … Continue reading

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How Does One Become Morally Obtuse?

July 22, 2017 I have a letter in today’s (?) New York Times.  It’s in the on-line version, the post is dated yesterday, and perhaps it will be in tomorrow’s print edition (The Sunday Review section). The letter is in … Continue reading

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What Do Pence and Other Evangelicals See in Trump?

At Notre Dame University today, Vice President Mike Pence told graduates to be “men and women of integrity and values.”  The headlines around this commencement speech are all about the protest (150 students, parents and faculty members walked out), but I … Continue reading

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Naming on Campus

December 2, 2016 At Earlham, a prominent building is called Carpenter Hall, but almost no one remembers who Carpenter was. And that’s so for most buildings on campuses all across the United States.  But sometimes it does matter, as it does … Continue reading

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A Code of Conduct for the Trump Era?

December 1, 2016 Yesterday’s Inside Higher Education carried a story about a proposed “anti-authoritarian code of conduct” proposed by Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto.  I read the proposed code with interest, but also … Continue reading

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Sexual Assault: The View From Missoula

May 28, 2015 Missoula, Jon Krakauer’s account of “Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” is strikingly detailed look at what rape on college campuses looks like today.  He focuses on several rapes at the University of Montana … Continue reading

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